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    06-05-2008, 02:56 PM
Mine reacts kind of like Kyani's Oddie: he stops dead, puffs up and just stares intently at the spooky thing. He actually hasn't jumped (yet!). One of the seniors I ride (ex-pleasure horse that I excercise for his locking stifle) will drop his head and go straight sideways...he's probably the worst because he won't really give you any warning and going straight sideways at speed is my achilles heel when it comes to balance! The three amigos (tb's) tend to be spinners.
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    06-05-2008, 04:12 PM
Kevas really good for not spooking...but if she does she kinda leans back on her hind legs and scoots forwardwith her head up, then she settles down
    06-05-2008, 04:18 PM
Vega likes to either prance in place and then either buck or rear, or she'll do a little jump forward and then buck or rear. That's if we're in the indoor.

Outside if something spooks her, her tail goes up (like an arab) and she'll raise her head and snort, usually a couple times in a row and prance in a circle.

When Gem freaked out on me, he reared up/lunged forward, bucked and jumped to the side
    06-05-2008, 04:18 PM
Willy reacts like Kyani's horse. Jump and shudder. Sometimes, but rarely, he'll sprint forward a bit, but not enough for me to call it a "bolt". Willy is quite sane :)
    06-05-2008, 05:14 PM
Well.... Twister just leaves period...whether you are still on or not! He is like lightening... You know it hit you just don't know where...LOL...He is definitely a bolter.

Dumas will either jump sideways like 10 feet.....then snort and blow... or he will Bolt for about 10 yards turn and look....
    06-05-2008, 05:24 PM
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Blue will spin and halt... once he hears me say it's ok he stops... he's a big baby...

Black just snorts

Pistol does NOT spook, if he EVER spooks, he is LYING!

Beauty, not sure yet... hasnt done it yet...

Riley... not sure yet...

Style... not sure yet....
    06-05-2008, 07:50 PM
I better add the parade shake. At the start of our first parade last year Vida got the shakes. She didn't go goofy or anything but I could feel her trembling. Not sure if it was the fire trucks, marching band or what made her nervous. By the time we stared down the street she was fine though.
    06-05-2008, 07:55 PM
This is Twister getting ready to bolt.......He is forever getting better just a teeny bit at a time...... Korrie and I laid down in the yard while we were taking pictures and Twister wasn't sure what to think....

I got this pic right as he decided to take another look... He had taken about 4 steps really fast then looked... You could almost hear the gears inhis brain turning.....
    08-16-2014, 05:28 PM
Shakira looks very very hard at the scary thing, and sometimes shuffles her feet slightly. That's all.
    08-16-2014, 05:35 PM
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Wow, what an old thread! But it's fun, so I'll reply.

Snicks has two methods of spooking:

Method #1 - upon seeing the boogeyman, he suddenly plants all of his four legs in the ground and sort of "sits" - lowers his hips. He snorts a few times and then goes to explore the scary object. This happens when the boogeyman is immobile, for example, something new on a familiar trail.

Method #2 - This happens, when the boogeyman is very sudden, and it especially applies to sudden, loud noises, for example, an engine revving, a critter rushing out of the bushes right behind his back, etc. He will then either jump ahead (if it happens behind his back), or, if the boogeyman is coming at us, he'll stiffen up for a second, then spin (it surprising how fast he can spin for such a large horse!) and bolt away from it. If I stop him before the bolt and if the matter is really scary and serious, he will start a wild bronc. Fortunately, I've encountered that just a few times since he's my horse.

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